Animals are being treated like disposable items in industrialized Western societies. Innumerable animals end up each year in animal shelters, rescue centers or animal sanctuaries. Or, if they aren’t that lucky, die in a slaughterhouse.
The reasons why they continue to suffer and die in these places are as varied as they are many. Overwhelmed pet owners who aren’t familiar with exotic species and were, after all, only looking for something pretty to adorn their living room… Beloved pets which become a burden and are then thrown away.
Particularly during the pandemic, many purchased a pet without thinking about the long-term consequences. And now, animal shelters are fuller than ever before. The animals who rely on their owners for protection are completely dependent upon them, and that doesn’t change merely because it gets colder outside or vacation with all its promises is just around the corner.
But some of us forget the duties entailed when we purchase a living creature… all too enticing is their attraction. But the suffering they must endure as a result is severe. Many of us look the other way, and others don’t want to have anything to do with it. You’ll encounter the entire bandwidth of characters in this book. From brave sheep, to wild birds, or even nimble rats. But they all have one thing in common: They have all experienced trauma from which they bear the scars. Some openly visible while others lie hidden deep inside.
SARA AFFOLTER is a young photographer from Switzerland and lives near Solothurn. She completed her studies with a degree in Photography in 2022, and was awarded the Solothurn Prize for Cultural Promotion for her project ‘Das Tier als Wegwerfware’, which translates to ‘Animals as Disposable Items’. She participated twice in the Canon Student Development Programme as part of the Visa pour l’Image festival. Her photographic work is now dedicated to animal protection as well as to personal projects in the area of reportage photography.
We are delighted to announce the EXHIBITION for the book : Sara Affolter – ‘WEGWERFWARE’ . On display from 2 December, 2022 – 8 January, 2023 . Vernissage: 9 Dec., 2022, 7 pm . Künstlerhaus S11, Schmiedengasse 11, CH – 4502 Solothurn.
WEGWERFWARE by Sara Affolter . 22.5 × 27.5 cm . 96 pages . 53 photos . German . Hardcover, weight: 1 kg . ISBN 978-3-903101-95-1 . EUR 39.90 GoSee : edition.lammerhuber.at//wegwerfware